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Hi my name is Patricia, I'm a toronto based photographer/cinematographer. I'm currently studying at Ryerson university's Image Arts program working towards my bachelors degree in photography studies with a minor in film.
I specialize in natural light, portrait, fashion, commercial and illusionism photography. This means I'm very creative, have great collaboration skills and am able to think of new concepts for a new project or for any task that's thrown at me.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Patricia. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
Asides for my passion in photography, I played club volleyball for two years, I represented and raced for my high school in alpine snowboarding for four years and qualified for provincial championships (OFSAA) twice. I instruct recreational gymnastics, swimming and am also a lifeguard. I especially love to travel, I've been fortunate enough to travel to over 10 countries with my family and am planning to go to India next year! I speak three languages; polish is my first language, then english and french, and can speak fluently in all. I have a lovely older sister who is studying her third year in biology, and I have yorkshire terrior.
Patricia, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
I fell in love with photography from when I was 5 years old. I'd always steal my mom's film camera at every chance, and take photos of my family. I didn't become serious about photography until my final year in high school and was debating whether to pursue nursing or photography. After I decided I'd pursue it in university, I became more serious about my work. I began to challenge myself and put myself in situations that would test my limits as a photographer. I'd put myself in uncomfortable areas in photography so I could improve my point of view and experience in this field.
Who is your inspiration in life Patricia? How do you keep inspired?
There's never really one person who inspires me. It's mostly when I see an image or a movie, and the ideas just begin to pour in. There's many photographers and filmmakers that I admire, and I just take inspiration from all over the place.
We all make mistakes Patricia, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Photographer , you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
Definitely taking more charge, because when one is more experienced they tend to think they know more, and they most definitely do. I just wish I was able for the colleague to trust me more with my vision and let me exploit it more, rather than letting him handle it more. Communicating more and finding my voice would definitely be how I'd handle the situation better.
Patricia please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share to everyone. What is it and why?
Getting good feedback from photographers who have been in this business for more than 10 years and specialize in different fields of photography. It's like 'wow, my work made you react or feel something?'. I don't know why it's my proudest moment, my guess it's cause I put so much time, effort and thought into a project, and the fact people come up to me or message me saying they love the photo or love my work, just gives me so much joy and makes me want to go further ad challenge myself more.
Patricia, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I've always loved water photography, it's something I want to specialize in. When we had a project at university to choose a famous photographer and attempt to recreate one of their photos in your own style, I was more than excited. I asked a friend who also happens to model, to work on this project with me and she was more than happy to. It was only my second time doing water photography, so it's out of my comfort zone and expertise. We did the photoshoot on a rooftop pool, and the sun was setting so we experimented with all these different poses with the light the sun gave us and the results were amazing!
What advice would you give to the people who wants to be successful as a Photographer?
Be true to yourself and your work, find your style and what you enjoy taking pictures of and take inspiration from everything you see. As long as you do what you love in the end, that's what I define to be a "successful photographer".
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
The brands I'd love to work with are of course for:
That's my goal of course.
Photographer: Patricia Daszkowski